Apu Palamguwan Cultural Educational Center (APC): the name refers to an Elder Pulangiyēn who envisaged that his “children could write down their story”. This organization is a Jesuit work, in relationship with ESSC (Environmental Science for Social Change), implementing a comprehensive educational program for the indigenous Pulangiyēn people who live in Bendum, on the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. The migrant families are also admitted. They are Filipinos from other parts of the country who settled on the land having worked with the logging companies who brought them in.
Yes, the young people go to school. APC organizes formal education from Kindergarten to Grade 12, the end of high school, on its two campuses in Bendum. It is also present in four other indigenous communities with schools for the very young, from Kindergarten to Grade 3. However, and in accordance with the Department of Education, which now recognizes indigenous schools, programs are designed and enriched to take into account the surrounding social, cultural and environmental context. The entire planning and operation of the school is done with community, in constant dialogue with the datu, the local chief, and his council - where, by the way, women play a major role.